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chickens breaking eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kelyeliot, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. kelyeliot

    kelyeliot Out Of The Brooder

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    Sep 27, 2007
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    I have 6 chickens. 3 have been laying for a couple of months with no problems, but now I think my 22 week chickens is breaking the eggs before I can get to them. Any suggestions?
     
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    There are nesting boxes you can make/buy that have a slope to them that let the eggs roll back under the 'back' of the box to a collection area where the hens can't reach them.

    If you aren't able to check more frequently, that may be the easy fix.

    Also, is she eating the eggs, or just accidentally breaking them? Some here have broken egg eaters by lacing an egg with tobasco sauce, etc.
     
  3. kelyeliot

    kelyeliot Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks!!!!! I check them frequently. I'll try the hot sauce. In the beginning they were accidental breaks, but now the new chicks really like them now.
     
  4. gmc

    gmc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had the very same problem with cracked eggs. One of the posters on here put me wise to chickens only eating eggs that are broken/ cracked. I just happen to be standing by one of the nest when the hen layed and the egg made a terrible thump when it hit the bottom of the nest. My nests are contructed of 1 x 4s so they are solid. I lined the bottom of each nest with cardboard (all I could think of at the time) and so far, the last two days I've had zero cracked and none eaten. Just my experience, lately. Something to consider, hope it helps.
    gmc
     

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